Docomomo US is pleased to welcome esteemed speakers from across the country who will present a variety of modern preservation research, subjects and projects. Sessions will take place Thursday, June 22 at Hotel Marcel in New Haven, CT and Friday, June 23 on the Yale Campus, exact location TBD. There will be an opening panel discussion on Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:00 and a closing plenary on Friday morning from 11:30-1:00 at the Yale Art Gallery. 

Keynote Address

The Docomomo US National Symposium is pleased to welcome four distinguished keynote speakers. The symposium will kick off with a panel discussion on Wednesday evening featuring Tim Rohan, Karen DuBois-Walton and Mandi Isaacs Jackson, and will conclude on Friday morning with a plenary by Sara Bronin, Chair, U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Karen DuBois-Walton

Karen DuBois-Walton, Ph.D., President, Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven. Karen DuBois-Walton currently serves as the President of the Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven offering affordable housing and supportive services to thousands of low-income families. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff and Chief Administrative Officer for Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. in the City of New Haven, CT.  Dr. DuBois-Walton earned her B.A. from Yale University and M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University.  Prior to her work in local government, she served with the State of CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Yale Child Study Center.  Dr. DuBois-Walton resides in New Haven with her husband and two sons.  She is actively involved on a number of non-profit boards and Chairs the CT State Board of Education and the Melville Charitable Trust dedicating time to creating greater equity for those who are marginalized. She leads efforts within New Haven and the Region to remove barriers to fair housing, reverse housing segregation patterns and to invest in under-resourced communities.



Timothy M. Rohan

Timothy M. Rohan, PhD is associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has written many articles for journals and edited volumes about post-World War II architecture and its makers, including Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, and especially Paul Rudolph. He is the author of The Architecture of Paul Rudolph (Yale, 2014) and the edited volume, Reassessing Rudolph (Yale 2017). He curated an exhibition at the Yale School of Architecture in 2008 about both famed and little-known projects by Rudolph for New Haven. He is working on a new book about late twentieth-century Manhattan interiors. Tim is committed to working with preservation groups, such as Historic New England and Cape Cod Modern. Tim co-founded UMass Brut, the advocacy group for modernist architecture in the Massachusetts public university system. Docomomo US acknowledged UMass Brut with their 2022 Modernism in America award for excellence.

Mandi Isaacs Jackson

Mandi Isaacs Jackson is the author of Model City Blues: Urban Space and Organized Resistance in New Haven, (Temple University Press , 2008), which was recognized nationally with the 2008 Jane Jacobs Publication Award from the Urban Communication Foundation. For two decades, she has worked in and around New Haven as a non-profit leader, a strategist, researcher, and organizer in the labor movement, and as a teacher, trainer, and community educator and activist. She has been published in peer-reviewed publications in the fields of urban studies, history, and labor and community studies, and does leadership development, research, and strategy work in the nonprofit and social movement sector with clients around the country. Mandi received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and her BA from Northwestern University.

Sara Bronin

Sara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect, attorney, and policymaker specializing in property, land use, historic preservation, and climate change.  She serves as the Senate-confirmed Chair of the U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and is a professor (on leave) from Cornell University. She founded the National Zoning Atlas and is writing the forthcoming book, Key to the City.  She was educated at Yale Law School (Truman Scholar), Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), and the University of Texas.  


Selena Bagnara Milan

Selena Bagnara Milan is a registered Architect and an Architectural Conservator. She is specialized in historic preservation and in the management of projects concerning the renovation, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of federal properties, specifically those eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Currently, she works for the U.S. Federal Government in Europe, where she serves as a Project Engineer in contingent work environments. 

Jon Buono

Jon Buono is an Associate Director with SOM’s New York office and leads the firm’s work for adaptive reuse and higher education. His focus on modern architecture began while with the National Park Service, contributing to preservation of the agency’s “Mission 66” building program. In 2005 he lead the University System of Georgia’s “Guidelines for Campus Historic Preservation,“ which created one of the largest statewide campus preservation programs in the country. Additional preservation work includes projects for the UMass Amherst campus, Massachusetts State House, and the Cartier Mansion in New York. From 2006-13, Jon was a consulting preservation expert for the United Nations Capital Master Plan including restoration of the Conference and General Assembly Building interiors. Jon is a past Board Member of Docomomo US.

Silvia Callegari

Silvia Callegari joined EverGreene Architectural Arts as an architectural conservator in 2017. Since then, she has worked on a number of public and private artworks throughout the country, with a focus on architectural conservation and outdoor sculpture. Silvia graduated with an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Professional Associate with AIC and a member of APT as well as serving on the board of the Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance.

Marci Clark

Dr. Marci Clark is an architectural historian with ten years of professional engagement in real estate development at JDS Development Group, a firm focused on acquisition, development, and construction and recognized for its architecturally significant projects. As Managing Director at JDS, Dr. Clark spearheads strategic initiatives and leads teams through large-scale, mixed-use, and adaptive-reuse real estate development and construction projects in New York City and Miami.  With her unique background, she provides guidance to development and design teams, particularly on the adaptive reuse of historical structures, including New York City landmarks. Projects include 111 West 57th Street, American Copper Buildings, Brooklyn Tower, Walker Tower, and Monad Terrace. 


Robert T. Coolidge

Robert T. Coolidge II, AIA LEED AP, is the son of Robert and Jean Coolidge, and an architect with his own private practice in Branford Connecticut.  He is also life-long photographer, and long-time user and teacher of SketchUp software.  This past September he spoke at SketchUp’s bi-annual conference in Vancouver, Canada on the topic of Match Photo techniques. 


Allison J. Cywin

Allison J. Cywin, Librarian and Director of the Visual & Media Literacy Hub (VML) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Co-Principle (PI) for UMassBrut grant. She received her M.S. in Library and Information Science at Simmons College, Boston, MA and her B.S. at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, in Historic Preservation and American Culture, with a concentration in art and architectural history and preservation. During her tenure at UMass Dartmouth, she has participated in numerous grant and collaborative projects (including exhibitions, symposiums, and public events) related to Paul Rudolph and his Brutalist campus. Prior to her academic career, she worked extensively for art, cultural and house museums and served in several professional capacities including curator of photographs, and works on paper, collections manager, archivist, digital asset manager, and library director at the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Newport Art Museum. She has received conservation grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Historical Publications & Records Commission and served as a grant reviewer for digital projects. She participates on various professional museum and library committees and boards.

Anna Dempsey

Dr. Anna Dempsey, Professor of Art History, University of Massachusetts, is the Co-Principal Investigator (PI) for the UMassBrut grant. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from MIT and worked as an engineer for several years, prior to obtaining her PhD from Columbia University. Professor Dempsey has curated several exhibitions, written catalogs and articles about modernist architecture and Paul Rudolph's brutalist designs at UMass Dartmouth and in Southeast Asia. Her current book project, for which she received an NEH grant, focuses on gender and design in the early twentieth century.

Victor Deupi

Victor Deupi is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Miami School of Architecture where he teaches history and theory, design, and representation. He received a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Virginia, a Master of Architecture from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught previously at Fairfield University, the New York Institute of Technology, the University of Notre Dame, the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture in London, and has been a “Visiting Critic” at the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech. 

Timothy Godbold

Timothy Godbold is an Australian architect and interior designer who launched his eponymous firm after over 25 years working in the fashion industry at Ralph Lauren and running his own label. Godbold is known for embracing modernist style mixing both vintage pieces with contemporary design. A hallmark of his style incorporates the use of natural elements like wood and stone with powerful silhouettes and palettes. Godbold is also the founder of Hamptons20CenturyModern a 501c dedicated to both preservation and raising awareness for Modernist homes located in the Hamptons and wider the Long Island region.

Robert Gregson

Robert Gregson is an artist, photographer, author, and preservationist with a particular passion for modern architecture. He received a BFA from Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford and a MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. For over 50 years Bob has had many solo and group exhibitions. His work is in the collection of the New Britain Museum, the Housatonic Museum, the New Canaan Museum, the State of Connecticut Collection as well as Hotel Marcel in New Haven.

Chris Grimley

Chris Grimley is a communications designer and author working across the disciplines of architecture and urbanism. Together their work on the era of urban renewal has been exhibited in Boston, at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Heinz Architecture Center at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. Their work on this topic has been recognize by docomomo, the Boston Preservation Alliance, and featured in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Architect’s Newspaper, The Boston Globe, and Metropolis. They are staunch advocates for preservation and renewal.

Todd Grover, FAIA

Todd Grover, FAIA, is Principal at MacDonald & Mack Architects in Minneapolis. In 2011 the AIA MN gave MacDonald & Mack the Firm of the Year Award stating that they were the “gold standard in historic preservation”. Todd is influential in Modernist Preservation where he is currently a Director on the US Board of Docomomo, serving as Executive Committee Secretary and Chair of the Advocacy Committee. Todd is a Recognized Professional with the Association for Preservation Technology and is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. He holds a B.A. and MArch from the University of Minnesota and a MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon.

Kathryn E. Holliday

Kathryn E. Holliday, Hon. AIA Fort Worth and Hon. AIA Dallas, is professor of architecture and landscape history at the University of Texas at Arlington in Dallas-Fort Worth and is founding director of the Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, which connects the university to local communities and non-profits to support more equitable practices in design and historic preservation. Her work focuses on the varied ways that architects, critics, city governments, and corporations shape the built environment in American cities. She is currently a Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC at work on the book project Telephone City: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Rise and Fall of the Bell Monopoly. She holds a PhD in Architecture and an MA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Art History and Environmental Studies from Williams College and is the author, previously, of the award-winning books Leopold Eidlitz: Architecture and Idealism in the Gilded Age (2008) and The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture (2019). Her work has been supported by grants from the SOM Foundation, the National Park Service Civil Rights Grant program, the Kress Foundation, and the Hagley Library.

Daniel Jonas-Roche

Daniel Jonas-Roche (b.1993) is an architecture professor, curator, and writer in New York City. His research focuses include socialist art and architecture, and labor history. In 2022, he co-organized a symposium with the L’viv Center for Urban History, Yale University, and University College of London about reconstruction in Ukraine. The three-day symposium gathered over eighty Ukrainian and international architects, economists, psychologists, historians and journalists to discuss reconstruction practices after war. 

George Thomas Kapelos, FRAIC, OAA

George Thomas Kapelos, OAA FRAIC, is an architect, urban planner and professor in Canada at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). He studied architecture and urbanism at Princeton University, and holds a Masters of City Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Masters of Architecture from Yale University. 

He is the past president of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, and the past chair of the Toronto Society of Architects. 

He has published on a wide range of topics in architectural history, design pedagogy, urbanism and contemporary environmental design. His architectural research focuses on post-war modernity. His book and exhibition, Competing Modernisms (Dalhousie Architectural Press, 2015), explored the impact of the 1958 Toronto City Hall and Square Competition on national architectural culture. He is a contributing author to the book, Canadian Modern Architecture 1967 to the Present (Princeton Architectural Press 2019), writing a chapter on institutional architecture in Canada over the past five decades.

He is currently examining the role of photography in the preservation of Newfoundland’s vernacular architectural heritage.

May Khalife

May Khalife is a Ph.D. candidate in the History, Theory, Criticism of Architecture program in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati. May previously earned a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Cincinnati (2020), a Master of Urban Design degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2017), and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Lebanese American University, Byblos (2014). She is a licensed architect in Beirut. She worked as a consultant for a couple of historic preservation projects in Byblos and Tripoli, Lebanon as well as in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her professional and academic experiences focus on cultural history, theory, and criticism as well as urban design, planning, and historic preservation. Her research concentrates on the development of postwar architecture and the architectural networks unfolding between Britain and the United States. She investigates the role of the vernacular, the regional, and the popular in architecture and in urban studies, questioning the “heroic” stance of architectural modernism. May is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University in Ohio. She held adjunct teaching positions at several institutions including the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, and UNC Charlotte in North Carolina.

Michael Kubo

Michael Kubo’s practice spans the fields of architectural history and theory, architectural design, publishing, and curation. He holds a a Ph.D. from MIT, where his dissertation focused on the rise and international extension of the architectural corporation after 1945. Together with Chris Grimley, their work on the era of urban renewal has been exhibited in Boston, at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Heinz Architecture Center at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. Their work on this topic has been recognize by Docomomo, the Boston Preservation Alliance, and featured in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Architect’s Newspaper, The Boston Globe, and Metropolis. They are staunch advocates for preservation and renewal.

Laura A. Macaluso

Laura A. Macaluso, Ph.D. is a researcher, writer, curator, and proposal writer and reviewer. Recent work includes Monument Culture: International Perspectives on the Future of Monuments in a Changing World (2019), The Public Artscape of New Haven: Themes in the Creation of a City Image (2018) and “New Haven’s Second Centennial Medal and the Origins of City Identity,” Material Culture, Vol. 48, No. 2, Fall 2016: 1-15. She is a lead on the national project, “Revolutionary Houses, Revolutionary Narratives” for the 250th commemoration of the US in 2026, serves on the editorial board of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

James Mallery

James Mallery, an associate principal with Page & Turnbull, was the project architect for The Cheech; Page & Turnbull was architect of record. He specializes in complex challenges, particularly in adaptive reuse, cultural, and historical buildings. James currently serves as the Los Angeles Office Director. Prior to studying architecture, James completed his Ph. D in San Francisco urban history at UCLA and taught ancient and modern architectural history. James grew up in Riverside and remembers going to this building when it was the Public Library. He recalls the second-floor domes and globe lights seen on a second grade filed trip, and his decision to work on the Cheech was personal. While 1960s-era photos showed well-dressed and well-behaved white children quietly reading, by the 1980s the Main Library was infrequently visited, and like much of downtown remained underutilized. However, in recent years much of downtown Riverside has experienced a revival as historic structures have been restored and popular interest has returned. In this way, for James the adaptive reuse and preservation of the library represents both a return to his childhood home, and a transformation that brought new relevance and cultural meaning to the historic structure.

Glenn Mallory

Glenn Mallory is a founding member of the La Luz del Oeste Foundation. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a longtime resident of La Luz following a twenty year work assignment in Ecuador. Glenn has remodeled and restored five La Luz townhouse units. He has a background in adobe construction having built and commissioned houses in New Mexico and South America. Glenn recalls visiting La Luz when it was under construction in 1968. This is when his lifelong interest in the adobe development began.

Petra Marar

Petra Marar is a landscape architect living and working in Oakland, California. She is an Associate at PGAdesign Landscape Architects, with whom she has produced several Historic American Landscape Surveys. Petra serves on Landscape Architecture Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Committee as a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is a member of Docomomo US’s Northern California Chapter.

Lucy M. Maulsby

Lucy M. Maulsby is an Associate Professor of architectural history at Northeastern University in Boston. Her work considers the relationship between politics and the built environment in the modern period. She is currently completing a book on late fascist era architecture and its legacy in post-war Italy, especially the intersections between fascism, imperialism, and racism. This project builds on her first book, Fascism, Architecture, and the Claiming of Modern Milan, 1922–43 (University of Toronto Press, 2014). She has published widely in journals such as the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Urban History, and Future/Anterior. Maulsby’s interest in urban infrastructure and Stull and Lee’s Southwest Corridor Project has resulted in two conference papers (2013, 2022).  She is currently drafting a paper based on this work for publication and is co-curating an exhibition on the Southwest Corridor at Northeastern University.

Julie McGilvray

Julie McGilvray, a native of the Texas Hill Country, is currently the Preservation Services Program Manager and Regional Historical Landscape Architect for the National Capital Region (NCR) of the National Park Service in Washington DC. Her program in the NCR comprises cultural landscapes, historic architecture and landscape architecture, architectural conservation, and GIS. Before joining the National Park Service, Julie worked as a historical archaeologist and architectural historian in the American Southwest and Texas. Julie’s research interests include the intersection between cultural landscape studies and environmental history, contested landscapes, and the use of technology in historic preservation. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Peter McMahon

Peter McMahon is the Founding Director of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, incorporated in 2007 to archive, restore and celebrate the Outer Cape’s outstanding modern architecture and the creative culture that surrounded it. He is co-author, along with Christine Cipriani, of Cape Cod Modern: Mid-Century Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape (2014, Metropolis Books), winner of the Historic new England Book Prize, 2015. Recent lectures include: the Architectural Association (London), Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. His design practice, PM Design, focuses on sustainable, modern architecture and restoration of mid-20th century buildings. His summer house in Wellfleet has been published in House Beautiful and Outside Architecture

Robert Meckfessel, FAIA

Robert Meckfessel is an activist architect with more than 30 years of experience in the planning and design of institutional, residential, and commercial projects throughout North America and Asia. Many of these projects have been recognized for innovation and excellence in urban design, architecture, and preservation from professional and industry organizations, including AIA Dallas, Texas Society of Architects, Preservation Texas and Preservation Dallas. He serves or has served in a leadership role of many organizations involved with the quality and public awareness of the built environment, including Docomomo US, the Trinity Park Conservancy, the Trinity Commons Foundation, Texas Society of Architects, and AIA Dallas.

Justin Miller


Justin Miller is an architectural historian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He specializes in historic preservation legal compliance, historic tax credit consulting, and research and documentation for the National Register of Historic Places. He has presented on a variety of topics for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the Victorian Society in America. Justin’s recent articles, talks, and tours have ranged from an exploration of a modernist ski resort in northern Wisconsin to a Chicago tour of the buildings of African American architect John Moutoussamy. Justin is a member of the Docomomo US/Chicago chapter.

Anna Mod

Considering a Modern Resource Survey

Anna Mod is an award winning Secretary of the Interior’s qualified historic preservation professional / architectural historian with twenty-three years of experience providing historic tax incentive applications, National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations, archival research, historic resource surveys, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) compliance for private and public sector clients. Her projects have won awards from AIA-Houston, Preservation Houston, Docomomo US and from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is a respected preservation leader, lecturer, author, and spokesperson for historic tax incentives and mid-century modern architecture. Ms. Mod is one of the founders of Houston Mod, a member of the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission, and was named a National Trust for Historic Preservation advisor in 2016.

Jack Murphy

Jack Murphy is Managing Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper. Previously he was Editor of Cite: The Architecture and Design Review of Houston and an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design. His writing has appeared in Architectural Record, Dwell, The Architect’s Newspaper, Texas Architect, Places, Cite, PLAT, Paprika!, the SF Gate, the Houston Chronicle, and the New York Review of Architecture, among other publications. Previously Murphy was Co-Editor-in-Chief of PLAT 8.0 Simplicity and the assistant editor for Totalization, edited by Troy Schaum and published by Park Books in 2019. He received an Honorable Mention for the Pierre Vago Journalism Award 2020 from the International Committee of Architecture Critics. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Art & Design from MIT and a Master of Architecture from Rice University. In addition to his work as an editor, writer, and educator, Murphy has contributed to award-winning architectural practices in Boston, Austin, Houston, and New York. He lives in Brooklyn.

Lisa Napoles

Lisa Napoles received her Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute. Her broad experience in preservation has included work in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, which has brought her to her current position as a planner for the Will County Land Use Department. She has presented her independent research at annual conferences for the College Art Association and the Vernacular Architecture Forum and at the 2013 Docomomo National Symposium in Sarasota. She has contributed to publications including the third edition of the AIA Guide to Chicago and Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America. She has walked on roofs and spent a summer on a scaffold restoring windows, but has always felt most at home in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries.

Vaidas Petrulis

Vaidas Petrulis, Ph.D., is an architectural historian and researcher at Kaunas university of Technology in Lithuania. He has been a member of ICOMOS ISC20C since 2008 and Head of the Working Group on 20th century built heritage of the Baltic Sea Region Heritage Committee since 2018. He is a member of the Lithuanian National Commission for Cultural Heritage since 2022. Mr. Petrulis interned at ICCROM in Rome in 2017 and will do long term research in US in 2023 funded by Baltic-American Freedom Foundation. His research interests include the history and theory of 20th century architecture. 

Theodore Prudon

Theodore Prudon is a leading expert on the preservation of modern architecture and a practicing architect in New York City. Dr. Prudon has worked on the terra cotta restoration of the Woolworth Building, the exterior restoration of the Chrysler Building, and of a 1941 Lescaze townhouse in Manhattan. Dr. Prudon teaches preservation at Columbia University and Pratt Institute. He is the recipient of a Graham Foundation Individual grant for his book “Preservation of Modern Architecture.” He is the founding President of Docomomo US and a board member of Docomomo International.

Marcel Quimby

Marcel Quimby, FAIA, is principal of Quimby Preservation Studio in Dallas, Texas, where she specializes in preservation architecture and planning. She is committed to the restoration and adaptive use of historic buildings, structures and communities and has led the restoration of both large and small projects ranging in scale from historic log cabins to the Hall of State in Fair Park, a National Historic Landmark. As an architectural historian, she uncovers and tells the story of buildings and communities, connecting them to their context, cultural and social histories. Marcel holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has served as President of Dallas AIA, of Preservation Dallas, of Dallas Architectural Foundation, Advisor Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, service on Dallas Landmark Commission and currently a member of Docomomo’s BTX Board. Her leadership in the local preservation community has been recognized with the Presidents Medal, Dallas Chapter AIA; Dorothy Savage Award, Preservation Dallas, Texas Society of Architects Award for Community Service and their Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media.

Barrett Reiter

Barrett Reiter is a Cultural Resources Planner and Associate at Page & Turnbull in San Francisco. She received her graduate degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, and worked at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission before returning to her hometown of San Francisco. Her hobbies and interests are largely architectural and include large format photography (4x5) and an obsession with the neo-Grec style. Barrett is a board member of the Docomomo US/Northern California chapter, and a board member of Preservation Alumni, which supports and unites the alumni and students of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program.

Michelangelo Sabatino

Michelangelo Sabatino trained as an architect, preservationist, and historian. As an educator, academic leader, and award-winning scholar, Sabatino contributes to shaping architectural discourse and practice in the Americas and beyond. Between 2017–19 Professor Sabatino served as interim dean for the College of Architecture of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He currently directs the PhD program in architecture and is the inaugural John Vinci Distinguished Research Fellow. Sabatino’s book Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy (2011) won multiple awards, including the Society of Architectural Historians’ Alice Davis Hitchcock Award. His recent books include Avant-Garde in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony (with Ben Nicholson, 2019), Making Houston Modern: The Life and Architecture of Howard Barnstone (with Barrie Scardino Bradley and Stephen Fox, 2020), Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929–1975 (with Susan Benjamin, 2020) and Carlo Mollino: Architect and Storyteller (with Napoleone Ferrari, 2021).

Dean Sakamoto, FAIA

Dean Sakamoto, FAIA, LEED AP, SEED, is a practicing architect, educator and director of a public interest design foundation. He is the founding principal of Dean Sakamoto Architects/SHADE, based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. DSA, was founded in New Haven, Connecticut (1999), while he served on the Yale University faculty. In 2014, Dean established SHADE, a collaborative environmental design practice and non-profit public interest design institute in Honolulu. As an educator, he served on the faculties of Pratt Institute, Yale School of Architecture, Yale School of the Environment, and the University of Hawai‘i Department of Urban and Regional Planning. He was named Transformation Fellow at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, School of Architecture (2019) and returned to the Yale School of Architecture faculty in 2022. He is the primary author of the book and curator of the international exhibition, Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff (Yale University Press in Association with the Honolulu Museum of Art, 2007, 2015, 2022). He is one of the founding members of Docomomo US_Hawai'i Chapter and was its first president (2012-2013).

Rami el Samahy

Rami el Samahy is a founding principal at Over,Under, an architecture and design firm. An architect and a certified planner, his work engages graphic design, architecture, and urbanism. Currently an adjunct lecturer at MIT, he has taught at number of other institutions, including Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University. His research has focused on a wide range of urban issues including the contemporary Arab city, the logics of Main Street retail, and the legacy of urban renewal.

Hannah Simonson

Hannah Simonson is a Cultural Resources Planner at Page & Turnbull in San Francisco, where she has worked on a range of projects from documenting the significance of the Transamerica Pyramid to developing design guidelines for Eichler neighborhoods. She received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture in 2017 where her thesis, "Modern Diamond Heights: Dwell-ification and the Challenges of Preserving Modernist, Redevelopment Resources in Diamond Heights, San Francisco," was awarded the Outstanding Thesis in Historic Preservation. Her personal and professional research interests include Late Modernism, Bay Area regional Modernism, and San Francisco redevelopment and public art. Hannah is the current board president of the Docomomo US/Northern California chapter. She also regularly gives walking tours of the Modernist enclave of Diamond Heights and manages the Instagram account @moderndiamondheights.

Susan Singh

Susan Singh is a Ph.D. Architecture student at the University of Texas Austin, focusing her research on the history of modern building technologies. She is a graduate of the Weitzman Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania as well as University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s civil engineering program. Her previous professional experience includes construction consulting in Dallas and exterior envelope forensics at several architectural and engineering firms in Chicago and New York. 

F. Peter Swanson, MD

F. Peter Swanson, MD was imprinted with an appreciation for modern architecture in his kindergarten class at a Marcel Breuer designed elementary school in 1955. Along with several others he worked to preserve the Armstrong Rubber Company building in the late 1990’s. He received his BA in English from Yale University and his MD from the Yale School of Medicine. As a long-time member of Docomomo he values its tours of Brazil and Finland. His other special interest is documenting the life and work of the post-war ceramicist LaGardo Tackett.

Fatema Tasmia

Fatema Tasmia is a PhD student at the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Boston University. She is an Assistant Professor (now on study leave) in the Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Her PhD thesis focuses on the History of Tropical Architecture in Post-colonial South Asia. She completed her B.Arch degree from BUET. She has received her M.Arch degree in 2020 with a thesis focused on the Modern Architectural History of Bangladesh. She received the prestigious Vrooman Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship Award 2018, the highest recognition in postgraduate level from the department for her outstanding thesis. Her research interest focuses on Tropical Modernism in South Asia, Critical Regionalism and modern architectural history. 

Amy Van Gessel

Amy Van Gessel currently works at MacDonald & Mack Architects in Minneapolis, MN. She has a BS in Interior Design from Adrian College (MI) and both a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Heritage Conservation & Preservation from the University of Minnesota. She is the current president of Docomomo US MN. Amy is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota – College of Design, teaching architectural drawing and critical thinking. She received the University of MN’s 2018 King Medal for Student Research from the Architectural Research Centers Consortium for her research towards “Modernistic Facelifts: Façade Recladding in Downtown St. Louis During the Post-WWII era.” ​

Jennifer Walkowski

Jennifer Walkowski serves as Historic Preservation Program Analyst in the Survey and National Register Unit at the NY State Historic Preservation Office, serving Western NY. She holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Architectural History from the University of Virginia where she studied under Dell Upton and Richard Guy Wilson. Ms. Walkowski worked as a preservation consultant in Buffalo for several years, where she founded and served as President of the Louise Bethune Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. 

K. Kennedy Whiters

K. Kennedy Whiters, AIA, with professional licenses to practice architecture in the states of Washington and New York, is a member of the “less than 1%” for less than 1% of all architects in the United States that are Black women. Pre-med when she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, a year of AmeriCorps service on Chicago's Westside at a community wellness center after graduation inspired her to be of service to predominantly Black and Latinx communities through architecture and historic preservation instead of medicine.


Daniel Williamson

Dr. Daniel Williamson holds a PhD in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and a Masters in architectural history from the University of Virginia. He currently teaches art and architectural history at the Savannah College of Art and Design. His research and writing, which has been supported by a Panofsky Fellowship and SCAD Sabbatical Award, spans on 19th and 20th century architecture in both India and the United States with a primary focus on postcolonial architectures in India after independence. 

Daniel T. Weldon

Daniel T. Weldon, MHP is a resident of Washington, D.C, Daniel Weldon is a landscape historian with a keen interest in the use of spaces as a political statement and as an exhibition of "soft power"; By day, he works for the National Park Service (NPS) at National Capital Parks-East as the Cultural Resources Program Manager. By night, he avidly researches the work, influence, and impacts of Lady Bird Johnson on the urban environment. Prior to his current role in the NPS, he served as the Cultural Landscape Inventory Coordinator of National Capital Area helping to guide the documentation of several local modernist parks and avenues throughout the district as well as the completion of reports regarding the evolution of the urban form of the district. Weldon has a Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia Athens (‘14) and a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Design from Auburn University (‘12).


Todd Grover, FAIA

Todd Grover, FAIA, is Principal at MacDonald & Mack Architects in Minneapolis. In 2011 the AIA MN gave MacDonald & Mack the Firm of the Year Award stating that they were the “gold standard in historic preservation”. Todd is influential in Modernist Preservation where he is currently a Director on the US Board of Docomomo, serving as Executive Committee Secretary and Chair of the Advocacy Committee. Todd is a Recognized Professional with the Association for Preservation Technology and is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. He holds a B.A. and MArch from the University of Minnesota and a MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon.

Katie Horak

Katie Horak is an architectural historian and Principal at Architectural Resources Group, an architecture firm specializing in the historic built environment in the Western US. Katie leads the firm’s Los Angeles practice and is a respected authority on national and regional historic preservation standards, policy, and legal frameworks, with particular expertise in treatment and documentation methods. In addition to her work at ARG, Katie teaches graduate-level courses in historic site documentation at USC’s School of Architecture and is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities across the country. Katie’s love of mid- and late-20th century art and architecture has drawn her to a wide range of research projects, including most recently the use of color at Palm Spring’s Ocotillo Lodge, where she has a home. Katie is Founding President of the Docomomo US/Southern California chapter and is currently Secretary of Docomomo US.

Mary Jablonski

Mary Jablonski is a Principal and Senior Architectural Conservator at Jablonski Building Conservation, Inc. Her work varies from conservation of architectural elements and sculpture to field surveys, conditions assessments, field testing, laboratory analysis and forensic research. This work has included a significant number mid-century modern projects. Mary has a Masters of Science Columbia University Historic Preservation Program with an emphasis in Architectural Conservation and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University in the Historic Preservation Program where she teaches Architectural Finishes. She is a Fellow of APT and AIC.

Adriane V. Jefferson

Adriane V. Jefferson (She/Her/Hers) is a nationally award-winning Cultural Equity expert, Arts Administrator, and Public Speaker. Initiator of the Cultural Equity Plan in the City of New Haven, she has worked professionally in the Arts & Culture sector for over 18 years, and has dedicated her career to cultural shift advocacy.

Alexandra Lange

Alexandra Lange is a design critic and author of Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall, (Bloomsbury, 2022). She has written extensively on postwar design, particularly for children. She is currently a columnist for Bloomberg CityLab, and her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Curbed, Design Observer, New York Magazine, the New York Times and the New Yorker, among many other publications.

Nina Rappaport

Nina Rappaport is an architectural historian, curator, educator, writer, and consultant in urban manufacturing. She is a founder of Docomomo US (a Vice President and board member) and of the first US chapter - New York Tri-State (President 2006-2012) and currently Vice-President. She has organized numerous programs, grants, and activities. She is author of Vertical Urban Factory (Actar 2015, paperback edition, 2020), co-editor of Design of Urban Manufacturing (Routledge 2020) and editor of Hybrid Factory/Hybrid City forthcoming with Actar July 2022. She curated the traveling exhibition, Vertical Urban Factory, which opened in 2011 in New York and has been shown in 12 venues including Brussels this year. She is Publications Director at the Yale School of Architecture where she edits Constructs, the schools book series, and exhibition catalogs. She is co-editor of the book, Ezra Stoller: Photographer (Yale University Press, 2012) and author of the book, Support and Resist: Structural Engineers and Design Innovation (The Monacelli Press, 2008). She was a Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Torino (2019) and Sapienza Universita di Roma (2018). She is coordinator of history/theory at the Michael Graves College of Public Architecture at Kean University, has taught seminars and studios in New York area schools, writes for numerous journals, books, and lectures internationally. She has received numerous grants and research awards.

David Smiley

David Smiley is an architect and an architectural and urban historian, and is the Assistant Director of Columbia GSAPP's Urban Design program. He co-teaches urban design studios and leads seminars on modernist urban history, New Towns, “Smart Cities,” and on public space. He was written about urban and suburban issues, including urban renewal, the single-family house, multi-family housing, shopping centers and their complex associations with "modernism." In Pedestrian Modern: Architecture and Shopping, 1925-1956 (Minnesota, 2013), Smiley studies the ways American architects interpreted shopping centers as modernist architectural and urban projects rather than, or alongside, their role as sites of consumption. Most recently, Smiley contributed an essay on Broadacre City to the 2017 Museum of Modern Art catalog and exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. Smiley served as the Board Chair of CUP, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, from 2011 to 2021.

Frampton Tolbert

Frampton Tolbert is the Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council, the citywide advocate for New York’s historically, culturally, and architecturally significant neighborhoods. He is a New York City-based preservationist and non-profit leader, and previously held positions at the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Brooklyn Museum, and the Phillips Collection. He has received recognition, including a Modernism in America Award, James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship, and a New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant for the Queens Modern project which focuses on vernacular modernism in the borough of Queens. He currently serves on several boards including Docomomo's New York/Tri-State Chapter, the Victorian Society in America, and the Municipal Art Society's Preservation Committee. Mr. Tolbert received a B.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington.

J.C. Calderón

J.C. Calderón, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, is the founding principal of calderón architecture & design studio p.c. (CADS) based in the City of Beacon in New York’s Hudson Valley. A practicing architect for over 25 years, he is currently registered in both New York and New Jersey. His diverse portfolio includes commercial, retail, institutional, hospitality, religious and residential projects always guided by the goals of design excellence and sustainability. In addition to private sector work, the firm has worked in the public sector on projects funded by NYS. Our research proposals include a new Beacon Film Center and a new public entrance to the City of Beacon NY with a public stair that will reconnect a section of Main Street disconnected by Urban Renewal in the 1970s. Mr. Calderón has served on the Planning Board & Main Street Access Committee in Beacon and currently serves as a Member of the Yale Board of Governors, the alumni body that oversees the Yale Alumni Association. He is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In 1991, as a student at the Yale School of Architecture, Mr. Calderón organized the symposium “People of Color in Architecture” which garnered national press. In 2022, as President of the American Institute of Architects Westchester + Hudson Valley Chapter (AIAWHV), he led a follow up symposium: “Equity & the Environment: The Challenges for AIA & NOMA in 2023 & Beyond” with national leaders of the AIA & NOMA. Mr. Calderón holds a B.A. from Williams College and an M.Arch from Yale.

Mary McLeod

Mary McLeod is a professor of architecture at Columbia University, where she teaches architecture history and theory. She has also taught at Yale University, Harvard University, University of Kentucky, and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. Her research and publications have focused on the history of the modern movement and on contemporary architecture theory, examining issues concerning the connections between architecture and politics. She has written extensively on Le Corbusier and is
the editor of and contributor to the book Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living (Abrams, 2003).  In addition, she is co-editor of the website Pioneering Women of American Architecture (Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation).